We believe that living mindfully and compassionately can be transformative to both individuals and society at large. Decades of research reveal that engaging with a mindfulness practice can substantially enhance mental and physical wellbeing, and help people cope more effectively with the increasing rise of anxiety, stress and depression associated with 21st-century-living.
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a natural and intuitive way of being which is accessible to everyone, regardless of their faith or cultural background.
It involves paying attention to our present moment experience with an attitude of openness, kindness and acceptance and meeting our experience in a compassionate and non judgmental way.
Being mindful is often described as a sense of “coming home”; a feeling of completeness and being connected in a more meaningful way to yourself and the world around you.
Mindful presence will have been felt by all of us at some point: perhaps whilst walking in a place of natural beauty, being completely immersed in a hobby, favorite sport or past time, in emotionally engaging moments with a loved one, or at the birth of a child. These are the times when we fully appreciate our present moment experience, and all our senses are engaged in what is happening, while it is happening.
But in our day to day existence, we can easily lose touch with the ability to simply “be”, and find ourselves scattered, frantically multitasking to get things done, and trapped in ruminative cycles of thought about what’s happened that morning or what may be around the corner. Meanwhile we are missing out on what is unraveling right in front of our eyes.
8-Week Mindfulness and Compassion Courses
Mindfulness Glasgow offer the 8-week MBSR and MBLC curriculums, both of which are recognised by the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers, as well as the 8-week Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC).
The 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)
Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Eight Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979, to enable people to learn new ways of handling difficult feelings, thoughts and physical sensations and become more able to systematically work with stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.
The 8-Week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)
The Mindfulness Based Living Course is an 8-week programme based on the work of world-renowned secular mindfulness teacher Rob Nairn. It is similar in content to the MBSR Course, but is designed specifically for non-clinical populations, and also places a stronger emphasis on cultivating loving kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others.